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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Virginia Garrard-Burnett

Ph.D., Tulane University

Professor
Virginia Garrard-Burnett

Contact

  • Phone: 512.475.7822
  • Office: GAR 2.204
  • Office Hours: (Spring 2012) By appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000

Biography

Virginia Garrard-Burnett received her Ph.D in History from Tulane University and has been on the faculty at the University of Texas since 1990. She is author ofTerror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 (Oxford, 2010); Terror en la tierra del Espiritu Santo (Guatemala: AVANCSO, 2012); Viviendo en La Nueva Jerusalem (Guatemala: Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009), Protestantism in Guatemala: Living in the New Jerusalem (University of Texas Press, 1998). She is co-editor, along with Mark Lawrence and Julio Moreno of Beyond the Eagle's Shadow: New Histories of Latin America's Cold War(University of New Mexico Press, 2013). She has also edited On Earth as it is in Heaven: Religion and Society in Latin America (Scholarly Resources, 2000) and co-edited with David Stoll, Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America (Temple, 1993). Currently, she and Paul Freston are co-editing the three-volume Cambridge History of Religion in Latin America. She is also co-author, with Peter Henderson and Bryan McCann, of the forthcoming History of Modern Latin America (Oxford University Press).

 

 

Interests

Her research interests include: historic memory and human rights during the Cold War in Latin America, archives and history, and contemporary Central American history. She is equally interested in religious movements and ethnic identity in Latin America, Pentecostalism and other Protestant movements, and the intersection of religion and politics in Latin America.

R S 368 • Religious Traditn In Lat Amer

44313 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 1.122
(also listed as HIS 350L, LAS 366 )
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This course will seek to identify the different ways in which religion has helped to define the political, social and philosophical structures of Latin America from colonial times to the present.  Readings and discussion will focus on the historical influence of the institutional Roman Catholic church on Latin American society.  The course will also explore the role that folk religion--from cofradias to millennialist movements--has played in the Latin American experience. Finally, the course will examine important changes in traditional Latin American religiosity in the twentieth century, including the impact of Liberation Theology and the growing influence of non-Catholic religious sectors.

Texts:

Virginia Garrard-Burnett, On Earth As It Is in Heaven: Religion and Society in

Latin America (Rowen and Littlefield, 2000)

Supplemental reader

Grading:

Grades for this course will be based on students’ participation in class discussions based on readings and on the satisfactory completion of the following written assignments:

3 essays based on readings and discussion, 3-5 pages each in length

1 research paper of between 15-20 pages.  Students will submit outlines, drafts, and rewrites of the term paper.

Final grade:

25%: essays

75%: research paper

R S 391L • Appro To Study Relig Lat Amer

43835 • Fall 2012
Meets W 900am-1200pm CBA 4.346
(also listed as HIS 386K, LAS 386 )
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This course will offer a broad exploration of the main literature and theories that pertain to religion in Latin America. The course will take a historical, chronological approach, examining topics such as indigenous religions before Contact, the “Spiritual conquest” of the Americas, the hybridization of religious experience in the Americas, and the religious dimensions of the African diaspora. It will also explore and theorize the historical and modern religious transnationalism, from pilgrimage to shrines to missionaries and international televangelism.  Finally, it will interrogate the interaction between religion and (post) modernity in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Text: Students will receive an extensive bibliography from which they will select the books to be discussed in this course.

Grading criteria: Grades will be based on 1) in-class formal presentations based on readings 2) informal but highly integrated participation in class discussions, 4) peer reviews and discussion groups and 4) the successful completion of a publication-quality research or historiographical paper.  

Grading policy

Class participation (including in-class presentations on readings): 25%

Group projects and peer reviews: 20%

Research paper: 60%

Class grades will employ the plus (+) minus (-) system.

R S 368 • Religion In Guatemala-Gua

43658 • Fall 2011
Meets
(also listed as HIS 363K, LAS 366, LAS 366 )
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R S 368 • Religious Traditn In Lat Amer

44355 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.202
(also listed as HIS 350L, LAS 366 )
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350L

DESCRIPTION:

 This course will seek to identify the different ways in which religion has helped to define the political, social and philosophical structures of Latin America from colonial times to the present.  Readings and discussion will focus on the historical influence of the institutional Roman Catholic church on Latin American society.  The course will also explore the role that folk religion--from cofradias to millennialist movements--has played in the Latin American experience. Finally, the course will examine important changes in traditional Latin American religiosity in the twentieth century, including the impact of Liberation Theology and the growing influence of non-Catholic religious sectors.

 

GRADING:

Grades for this course will be based on students’ participation in class discussions based on readings and on the satisfactory completion of the following written assignments:

3 essays based on readings and discussion, 3-5 pages each in length

1 research paper of between 15-20 pages.  Students will submit outlines, drafts, and rewrites of the term paper.

Final grade:

25%: essays

75: research paper

 

 

Publications

Books

  • Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit:  Guatemala Under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982-1983.  Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • El protestantismo en Guatemala:  Viviendo en la Nueva Jerusalén.  Guatemala:  Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009.
  • Editor.  On Earth as it is in Heaven:  Religion in Latin America.  Wilmington Delaware:  Scholarly Resources, 2000.
  • A History of Protestants in Guatemala:  Living in the New Jerusalem.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.
  • Co-editor with David Stoll .  Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1993.
  • Co-editor with James Olson.  An Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Empire.  Westport CT:  Greenwood Press, 1992.

Articles

  • "Stop Suffering? The Ireja Universal do Reino de Deus in the United States."  In Conversion of a Continent:  Contemporary Religious Change in Latin America, edited by Timothy Steigenga and Edward Cleary.  Rutgers University Press, 2007.
  • Co-authored with Carlos Garma Navarro.  "Protestantism(s) and Mayan Worldviews in Chiapas and Guatemala in the Context of Civil Violence."  Social Sciences and Missions 20 (2007).
  • "God Was Already Here: Mayan Inculturated Theology."  In Resurgent Voices in Latin America: Indigenous Peoples, Political Moblization and Religious Change, edited by Timothy Steigenga and Edward Cleary.  Rutgers University Press, 2004.
  • "Mayan Theologies and De-Westernized Christianity."  In Christianity and Native Cultures, edited by Kavita A. Pullapilly, Bernard J. Donahoe, David Stefancic, and William Svelmoe.  Cross Cultural Publications, 2004.
  • "The Third Church in Latin America:  Religion and Globalization in Contemporary Latin America."  Latin American Research Review 39 (2004).
  • "Charismatic Catholicism Meets Liberation Theology in El Salvador."  Journal of Hispanic and Latino Theology (2004).
  • "Popular Religion in Latin America:  A Review of Recent Literature."  Latin American Research Review (2004).
  • "Inculturated Protestant Theology in Guatemala."  In Christianity and Other Religions:  A Dialogue, edited by Viggo Mortensen.  Aarhus:  University of Aarhus, Denmark, 2003 and Grand Rapids:  William Eerdmans Publishing, 2003.
  • "Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus: do Rios para o mundo."  In Oro Les nouveaux conquérants de la foi:  L’Église universelle du royanume de Dieu (Brésil), edited by André Corten, Jean-Peirre Dozon and Ari Pedro.  Paris: Karthala, 2003.
  • "A igreja universal nos Estados Unidos."  In Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus:  os novos conquistadors da fé, edited by Ari Pedro Oro, André Corten, and Jean-Pierre Dozon.  São Paulo: Paulinas, 2003.
  • "The Impact of Violence on Gender."  In Women and Civil War:  Impact, Organizations, and Actors, edited by Krishna Kumar.  Boulder: Lynn Reiner, 2001.
  • "Religion in Practice:  Testimonies of Maya and Ladino Protestants in Contemporary Guatemala."  In Religion in Practice in Latin America, edited by Gustavo Benevides.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.
  • "Indians are Drunks and Drunks are Indians:  Alcohol and Indigenismo in Guatemala, 1890-1940."  Bulletin of Latin American Research 19 (2000).
  • "'Greek to the Greeks and Maya to the Maya':  Protestantism and Ethnic Identity Among the Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas."  Ibero-Amerikanisches Archiv:  Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaften und Geschichte (1999).
  • "'Like a Mighty Rushing Wind',  The Growth of Protestantism in Contemporary Latin America."  Religion and Latin America in the Twenty First Century:  Libraries Reacting to Social Change (1997).
  • "Order, Progress and Missions in Liberal Guatemala."  Latin American Perspectives 93 (1997).
  • "The Resacramentalization of the Profane:  Government, Religion and Ethnicity in Modern Guatemala."  In Questioning the Secular State:  The Worldwide Resurgence of Religion in Politics, edited by David Westerlund.  London: Hurst and Co., 1996.
  • "El protestantismo en Guatemala."  In La historia general de Guatemala, Fundación para la Cultura y Desarrollo.  Guatemala:  1995.
  • "God and Revolution:  Protestant Missions in Revolutionary Guatemala."  In Molding the Hearts and Minds:  Education, Communications, and Social Change in Latin America, edited by John A. Britton.  Wilmington:  Scholarly Resources, 1994.
  • "Protestantism in Latin America:  A Review of Recent Literature."  Latin American Research Review (1992).
  • "El protestantismo, liberalismo, e impulso misionero:  misiones evangélicas en Guatemala, 1880-1920."  Mesoamerica 19 (1990).
  • "Dios y revolución:  el protestantismo en la época revolucionaria."  Anales de la Academia de Historia e Geografia de Guatemala (1990).
  • "Protestantism in Revolutionary Guatemala, 1944-1954."  The Americas 46 (1989).
  • "Protestantism in Rural Guatemala, 1872-1954."  Latin American Research Review 24 (1989).
  • "Onward Christian Soldiers:  Protestant Nationalism in Guatemala.”  SECOLAS Annals 19 (1988).
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